Tag Archives: fluff/inspiration

It’s a good time to be a supers fan!

Tweet Warning: This post is a mixed bag, part reflection on my current campaign and the lessons I’ve learned from it, part an overview of recent sources of inspiration and sharing a handout I’ve developed for the game. Last night I played the 8 th session of my group’s newest RPG campaign, Dawn of a New Age, about which I’ve written about before . I’m …

Making NPCs come alive!

Tweet After bashing NPCs on a previous post I think this time around I’ll show them some love. I won’t claim the advice I’m going to give is wholly original. It’s the collected wisdom of many GMs that came before me, sprinkled with my own humble experience. If you are an experience GM some of this advice may seem basic, …

Letting go of that NPC

Tweet Attention: Slight rambling ahead, with a point to make about RPGs somewhere in there, you have been warned! I recently finished reading the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (that’s the girl with the dragon tattoo, which then played with fire and ended up kicking the hornet’s nest). And in case you are wondering, yes I do read other stuff that is…

Sandbox in Space

Tweet Last week I posted about my plans to run a Star Trek game sometime in the future. Focus of the campaign will be the adventures of the USS Daedalus (the first ship of the Daedalus-class) and its crew. The campaign begins shortly after the Enterprise TV series ends. Currently I am not 100% sure if the Earth-Romulan war shall be …

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard sets. I was thrilled by …

Roleplaying in the world of Star Trek

Tweet I still remember the late 70s, early 80s when I first watched Star Trek on TV. My parents actually introduced me to the series, since they were fans themselves back then. Luckily for me, Star Trek was shown in the afternoons, so I was able to watch it regularly. I didn’t mind the sometimes bad acting, weird scripts and the flimsy cardboard …

What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!)

Tweet With such a convoluted title to this post, I better make some sense out of this! What is this post? First and foremost a review of the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards … What are this cards I speak of? Well they are part of a series of GameMastery Cards produced by Paizo that illustrate treasure, items, NPCs, etc. While I …

The wonderful world of gaming!

Tweet I was too young to see the original Wonderful World of Disney on TV. I did catch reruns on local TV, in Spanish too, but that fact did not diminish my enthusiasm. I dreamt of the day that I would visit Walt Disney World. It’s the common dream of many Puerto Rican kids; there is almost a religious fervor …

New game, new tools!

Tweet This past weekend I began a new campaign. We reached a natural lull in the ongoing Pathfinder RPG campaign, which has run for 65 (almost) weekly sessions and decided to put the game in hiatus for a couple of months and try the superhero campaign I’ve been itching to play for a while now, and about which I have written here in the blog (Here is the …

And then she said, “Wait, Professor Jones can help us with this one!”

Tweet Have you said that in a game? For the longest time that was taboo in my games, but these days I’m willing to consider it. I’m not talking about Professor Jones per se, but famous characters from novels, movies or TV in general appearing in my games. I’ve talked about names in games before but this time around I’m not talking about name…

Learning to say no…

Tweet It’s hard. There I said it! What? No, no get your head out of the gutter. What I meant was saying no when people want to play at my table. And why should I say no, after all, if people want to play why should I stop them? When I read the stories of people trying to find groups to play with…

Learning to say no…

Tweet It’s hard. There I said it! What? No, no get your head out of the gutter. What I meant was saying no when people want to play at my table. And why should I say no, after all, if people want to play why should I stop them? When I read the stories of people trying to find groups to play with it’s…

Reimagining ourselves…

Tweet I recently read Superman: Earth One . “WAIT! This isn’t a comic book blog”, you say. I ask, bear with me for a minute I will get to my point. This reimagining/retelling of Superman’s origin by J. Michael Straczynski left a strange taste in my mouth, figuratively speaking; I don’t normally lick graphic novels. I am a fan of…

What happened to the Girl Genius RPG?

Tweet I think I’ve mentioned it before that I just love Phil and Kaja Foglio’s webcomic Girl Genius . I actually started reading the comics back in the day, when they were only available in print. I have a soft spot for the Steampunk genre and I fell in love with Phil Foglio’s comics when I first saw “What’s New with Phil & Dixie” in Dragon magazine. A long…

Superhero Campaign Questionnaire (and about the Virtual Book Club…)

Tweet Some days ago I posted about questionnaires for superhero games in preparation for an upcoming game. DarkTouch was so kind as to share one he had written and posted it in his blog. This really inspired me and I started to put together my one version. This is a very particular campaign, its set in the world outside your window…

Superhero Campaign Questionnaire (and about the Virtual Book Club…)

Tweet Some days ago I posted about questionnaires for superhero games in preparation for an upcoming game. DarkTouch was so kind as to share one he had written and posted it in his blog. This really inspired me and I started to put together my one version. This is a very particular campaign, its set in the world outside your window, nothing outwardly different until an incident…

Hellgate

Tweet If you are into computer and video games you might remember the action RPG Hellgate: London . It has been released 2007 by Flagship Studios. Alas the game was much too ambitious and the game was plagued by technical and design issues. In 2009 the Hellgate: London servers were shut down and Flagship Studios closed its doors. But there was still a lot to…

ESTRANGE: frEe STuff fRiday AcroNym Generator

Tweet This is Youseph’s usual stomping grounds, but I couldn’t resist writing a post about this as soon as I discovered it today. Acronyms are to me a staple of superhero games, and to a certain extent spy games, since I’m planning for the (seemingly since forever) upcoming superhero game I did a search for an acronym generator and found this website: ACE: Acronym CrEator It…

I laugh and I cry at Knights…

Tweet Besides being a longtime gamer I have other hobbies. For the longest time I’ve been a comic book fan, I’ve written about it before ( here and here ), and even if I don’t read that many these days (Fables, The Walking Dead are among the few that make the cut) there is one comic that I can’t take …

Death & Traps

Tweet As a Dungeon Master (DM) I have a confession to make. I want to kill a player character at my table. Just one. Not the whole party. Just one, or maybe two and I don’t care which one. I just want to kill one. I have wanted to kill one since I started this 4th edition D&D game two years ago. My D&D game has…